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    Nissin MF18 Macro Ring Flash
    Macro photography enthusiasts have something to look forward to — Nissin's entry into the Macro flash category comes in the form of the Nissin MF18 Macro Ring Flash. The Nissin MF18 manages to hold its own against its proprietary counterparts like the Canon MR-14 EX — with two independently controllable flash tubes (named Side A and Side B), and fine lighting control that lets you power down the flash to 1/1024 in steps of 1/6EV, the MF18 is one of the best flashes you can get at the S$400 - S$600+ price range.

    Ratio control for Side A and Side B for the Nissin MF18 Macro Ring Flash

    The Nissin MF18 Macro Ring Flash comes in a neat package containing an Infra-red transmitter that controls the flash tubes, a plastic ring-shaped housing that two flash tubes (Side A and B) are fitted into, and 6 lens adaptors of varying sizes to fit the lens to the flash ring, giving you everything you need to shoot a macro photograph short of the macro lens itself.
    Nissin MF18 macro ring flash
    Nissin MF18 Macro Ring Flash - with Infra-red transceiver, flash tube, and a 58mm lens adaptor.

    Macro ring flashes like the Nissin MF18 mount on the lens filter itself, letting you bring the flash closer to the subject so that light cast on it is gentler and the shadows less harsh. The Nissin MF18 has a TTL mode that is compatible with Nikon and Canon flashes, but if you prefer more control over the flash, you can switch over to manual mode and adjust the flash power from 1/1 to 1/128 in 1/3 steps. On top of that, you'll be able to exert Ratio Control over the flash tubes Side A and Side B - choosing the individual flash powers of each tube to create directional light.

    If you want even more control, the Nissin MF18 has a Fine Macro mode that lets you select flash powers of 1/128 to 1/1024 in 1/6 steps, allowing you to shoot your macro subjects in very low key lighting - giving you a greater degree of shadow control and letting you create more drama in your pictures.

    Own a speedlight or two? The Nissin MF 18 can wirelessly trigger 2 groups (A & C, group B is occupied by the 2 native tube flashes) in 4 channels, giving you infinite lighting possibilities.

    Wireless Transmitter
    Wireless Transceiver

    Sample Picture:
    MF18 Sample Picture

    Watch our video walkthrough for the Nissin MF18 Macro Ring Flash:

    More from the Nissin Official Website:


    Color and Auto Rotate Display bears simple and user friendly features of our design concept
    The Color Display will automatically follow camera angle in different position and six icons interface gives user friendly operation and representing different menus – Auto, TTL, Wireless TTL (Master), Fine Macro, Manual and Customer Setting.
    Various functions
    Support Canon E-TTL/E-TTL II, Nikon i-TTL system.

    Auto mode:
    Flash light is automatically controlled by the camera

    TTL mode:
    Flash light is automatically controlled by the camera but the flash exposure value can be compensated.

    Wireless mode:
    Used as Master flash to control slave flash Group A or C; Support Canon and Nikon flashes.

    Fine Macro mode:
    Flash power can be adjusted from 1/128 to 1/1024 at every 1/6 Ev steps.

    Manual mode:
    Flash power can be adjusted from full power to 1/64 at every 1/3 Ev steps.

    Custom setting:
    All setting is customized by user.

    Modeling LED
    LED focus lamp with light power ratio control makes it easy to focus on the shooting subject. The brightness reflects flash power ratio setting of left and right, the effect can be previewed.

    Other Features

    My TTL Setting
    TTL exposure level is accurately calibrated for standard balance in accordance with Nissin’s standard. If any adjustment is however required, or if you like to set your own preferable level, it can be adjust for about ±3Ev by every 1/3 step.

    Quick Loading Battery Magazine
    The MF18 has battery magazine system same as Di866 professional and Di466. A convenient battery magazine provides all four AA-size batteries slot in the same direction, so that the batteries can be correctly inserted without fail even in the poor light condition.

    External Service Box
    External Power Pack Socket:
    MF18 supports Nissin Power Pack PS 300.

    X terminal:
    MF18 has X-terminal socket for flash synchronization.

    USB Service Port:
    MF18 provides a USB port to update the latest firmware.

    Rear curtain sync and High speed shutter
    In Rear curtain sync., the flash fires just before the rear curtain closed. By using this function at slow shutter speed, a moving subject will appear with such moving marks behind. High speed sync. is recommended for daylight flash photography.
    * Only available in TTL mode

    Adapter rings
    MF18 can adapt the lens from 49 to 82mm. Package includes adaptor rings 52, 58, 62, 67, 72 and 77mm (49, 55 and 82mm are optional for purchase).

    The Nissin MF18 Macro ring flash for Canon and Nissin MF18 Macro Ring flash for Nikon is available at Red Dot Photo showroom.

    This article was originally published in forum thread: Nissin MF18 Macro Ring Flash started by zedtan View original post

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